Originally posted by Paul Leggett
What a great game. I think studying his games in depth is a great way to learn chess in general, but it is really a great way to learn endgames. It's fun, not work, when seen in the context of his games.
The only down side is that he reached a point in his career where he would win a pawn or a pawn's positional equivalent, and the other guy would just resign, knowing it was hopeless, and leaving us with nothing to study except the notes!
I've recently started teaching and i am actually giving a lecture on this game tomorrow precisely because it is so instructive. It is an excellent example of deciding on a strategy and executing it (ie, white is a pawn up, simplify the position into a won ending).
Also, there are some excellent individual moves, 8.Qh5 for example is an excellent use of an intermediary move. White weakens the black squares and then develops threats utilising the weakened squares. 18.Re8 is another, white allows the Queen exchange but continues to develop (black is still enjoying a lead in development after the earlier attacks on whites Queen). I think this move really makes a massive difference to whites cause. 20.Bf4 also, white has levelled in development and can only now seek exchanges, black is happy for BxN as it un-doubles his pawns so leaves his knight. White is patient and manoeuvres his knight to d2 before exchanging which wins the game on the spot. Logical, simple chess, executed brilliantly! Love this game 🙂